Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on October 27, 2015
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Samantha Dunbar and Gibson Andrews shared a moment of revelation once upon a time when Gibson was playing sub while training Sam on using a whip. He liked it a lot more than he let on and they shared a kiss. But Gibson is a Dom right? So he runs from a situation that makes him feel bad and would make him seem weak.
Months later Sam is attacked after hours at a bar she manages. Already having vacation planned, she heads out early to hide and lick her wounds at forgetting all her self defense classes. She’s lustrated and needs to vent her anger, but when she tried The Ranch, she was turned away due to her state of mind. Restoring her grandmother’s house is her vacation plans.
Gibson sees the state Sam is in when she comes to The Ranch, but she safe words when he tries to follow her. He goes to his brother and sister-in-law (who had their book already) to find her. Following her to her grandmother’s house he pushes her to let him stay, but on one condition: he is her sub.
Gibson truly does have a fear of being proceived as weak. His father was abusive both physically and mentally. So when Sam dominates him, he goes back to his father yelling things at him. Ultimately he can’t get over this one big hurtle and Sam won’t let their relationship be a dirty little secret.
Samantha also had a hard life hopping from one foster family after another. Having been attacked as a teenager, she got help and training to protect herself. Now she is finished with her Dominant training and is pretty good at being a Dom men want. It is never sexual, only giving them what they need and the pride she feels in accomplishing that. Backing own to Gibson isn’t what she will ever be able to do and live with herself. She is nobody’s secret and she wants it all.
I am not a Domme person, but this was a heart breaking romance between people with tough lives overcoming what society has done to them along with labeled them. Getting over out pasts is never easy and in a short book, this is what it all is about and realizing who we really are meant to be.